A $17.6 billion company, Xerox provides the document industry color and black-and-white printing and publishing systems, digital presses and “book factories,” multifunction devices, laser and solid ink network printers, copiers and fax machines. Xerox’s services includes helping businesses develop online document archives, analyzing how employees can most efficiently share documents and knowledge in the office, operating in-house print shops or mailrooms, and building Web-based processes for personalizing direct mail, invoices, brochures and more. Xerox also offers associated software, support and supplies such as toner, paper and ink. Xerox is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.A. and employs 57,100 worldwide.
”At Xerox, sustainability is our way of doing business. We have aligned our goals for the environment and health and safety in five key areas to make an impact across our value chain worldwide. Together with our suppliers, customers, and stakeholders we strive to maintain the highest standards to preserve our environment and protect and enhance the health and safety of our employees and communities.”
- Reduce carbon emissions by cutting energy use in Xerox facilities and provide energy-efficient products and solutions to our customers.
- Xerox works with partners to advance a sustainable paper cycle through environmentally sound paper offerings, advances in forest management standards, and products and services that reduce offices’ dependency on paper.
- Committed to eliminating the use of toxic materials and heavy metals from the product supply chain
- Xerox products are designed to use resources efficiently—minimizing waste, and reusing or recycling materials.
ColorQube Solid Ink Technology
Named ColorQubeTM, the technology has been incorporated into Xerox’s ColorQube 9200 series of printers. Without sacrificing quality, the technology promises to reduce color printing cost by up to 62% compared to color laser printers. It achieves this through a new method of printing in which the solid ink blocks (”color cubes”) are similar to crayons. The inks are melted and then squirted through four separate print heads that can each spray up to 150 million drops of ink per second. Each solid ink cube can print 55,000 pages. Each copy machine sells for $23,000. According to Xerox, however, businesses will be charged “…[only] for the actual color you print. Now your office can print low-color coverage documents with low color printing costs.” This is instead of a set price per color copy, regardless of how little color may actually be on the pages. As for the environmental benefits, according to Xerox, the benefits are:
- Cartridge-free solid ink is a true consumable, producing 90% less waste than comparable color laser devices. For instance, after printing 22,000 pages a month for 4 years, a solid ink product’s waste amounts to 88 lbs. vs. a whopping 815 lbs. of waste from a laser device.
- Solid ink technology uses fewer material resources and less energy across the product lifecycle, from manufacturing to transport to end of life.
- No-mess, non-toxic solid ink is safe for anyone to handle and won’t stain clothes, skin, or furniture.
- Unlike toner cartridges, solid ink waste is primarily a small amount of packaging, which can be recycled locally using your usual method.
The ColorQube 9200 series meets stringent standards for reduced power consumption. A product’s Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) is a key factor in receiving ENERGY STAR status.